It seems Khamzat Chimaev will officially announce his retirement soon, but Dana White opposed the statement Chimaev wrote on Instagram.
Subsequently, in the last year, this time, Chimaev was on the fast track to MMA superstardom. But everything has been flipped in just one year. His prolonged battle with COVID-19 may put his career to an abrupt end. However, the 26-year-old took himself out from a fight against Leon Edwards which was is supposed to take place on March 13. But Chimaev’s health condition forced him to cancel the battle, and it was the third time that the battle was aborted, which drifted him into sheer depression.
Chimaev wrote on Instagram (translated from Russian), “Thank you all so much for supporting me in my journey in this sport. I think I’m done. It may upset you, but my heart and body tell me everything.”
From Khamzat Chimaev's Instagram (translation provided by the app): pic.twitter.com/Is1e8lkV6x
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 2, 2021
Chimaev caught the dreadful disease in late December, which eventually damaged his system severely. Eventually, he does not get enough stamina while practicing. Therefore, Chimaev’s manager revealed some gruesome details about the fighter’s sufferings.
Chimaev started his UFC career in July 2020 against John Phillips, which was a win for the young fighter. He fought in two more UFC bouts after the debut, and all of them came out victorious. So, it certainly miserable for a fighter like Khamzat Chimaev to lose strength in this way.
Dana Whites’ comment on Khamzat Chimaev
On the other hand, UFC President Dana White believes Chimaev will not quit. Despite being told to remain on bed rest, Chimaev has been joining the training camp frequently. “He’s not supposed to be training, but you know, this guy’s a savage. He wants to fight like every f*cking weekend, and now he can’t even train.” White said. So, it is believed that Chimaev got emotional and posted a silly thing. White is pretty sure that Chimaev is readying for a June comeback. “He just got emotional and posted that, but he ain’t quitting,” White said in a statement.
Chimaev holds a record of 9-0. However, if COVID-19 did not hit him harshly, he could have bagged more fights.
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